Tag: Interviews

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I first encountered Bread & Jam at top Leeds giftshop Chirpy. Bread & Jam make colourful stuff to lift the spirits, featuring encouraging statements in a friendly font. I especially like the Stuff I’m Likely to Forget notebook and the …

CATEGORY: Products
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Illustration graduate Pat Bradbury creates dazzling, playful, joy-giving, funtime pictures; a kind of visual disco. Here Pat talks to us about teaching in Vietnam, Beautiful Losers and loving the big dogs.

CATEGORY: Art
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Lou Taylor expertly cuts paper into shapes and scenes that have the pick-me-up powers of a piece of cake and a fancy coffee in the afternoon. Here Lou talks about her artistic/masochistic tendencies, finding inspiration and the best things to …

CATEGORY: Art
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I have long since admired the charming, colourful visual world of illustrator Simon Peplow. He was kind enough to have a chat with me to discuss time travel and Bauhaus.

CATEGORY: Design
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You might remember that back in 2012 Jackie Magpie had a good chinwag with illustrator Hannah Warren about her work on Tired of London, Tired of Life, a book of suggestions of weird and wonderful things to do in London. …

CATEGORY: Books
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This week I caught up with Sam and Magda the creative design duo behind every-second.com, a blog where they challenge each other and focus on building their illustration skills. Each month has a theme, which drives the direction of the illustrations. …

CATEGORY: Design
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In my job I spend a lot of time reading and editing texts, working with authors to build and develop their manuscripts. We’ll spend hours, days, weeks – maybe even months – batting ideas back and forth, playing with words and …

CATEGORY: Books
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Confession: I am not a natural-born fan of the animal kingdom. The only creatures I will willingly touch are dogs, but their various unhygienic rituals (such as investigating the business ends of their compadres) long ago rendered me out of …

CATEGORY: Design
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I first came across the work of illustrators Cachetejack in the pages of Flamingo Magazine and was struck by the fun-loving freeness of their style, which for me is reminiscent of childhood felt tip drawings, but an improved, grown up …

CATEGORY: Design
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I am quite a lot in love with the work of Leah Goren- she paints girls, lots of girls, who are well dressed, often sitting and deep thinking in a Sunday-blues sort of way, and sometimes standing, posing, putting on …

CATEGORY: Design
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Here’s something great that I came across on the web- Adam Hayes’ Make Maps project, in which people design maps (of real or imagined places) and Adam posts them on his blog.  I caught up with Adam for the lowdown …

CATEGORY: Design
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I recently had the pleasure of interviewing freelance illustrator Laura Wood. Laura told me about her obsession with drawing and painting, making maps and illustrating stories for children. Hey Laura, can you tell us a bit about what you do …

CATEGORY: Art
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Well, heck, it’s very nearly Christmas (all the signs are there- a longing to get under a blanket and onto the sofa; too many people in the shops; a constant craving for mince pies and warm wine) and I for …

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I always get such a kick out of meeting people who are truly passionate about their careers, particularly when they have battled against the odds to achieve their goals. Amy Hildebrand, one half of the talented photography team, Best Day Ever, is …

CATEGORY: Art
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This week I’m handing over the reins to the ineffably charming Donald Winchester, literary agent at AP Watt. Not only does Donald hold the record for first to the pub and last to leave when it comes to post-work drinks, …

CATEGORY: Books